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Friday 14 May 2010

... and here's one I prepared earlier...

Several visitors commenting on my recent poem mentioned an interest or a delight in lily pools or pads, so I thought I would post one of my watercolours of the said pool.

And here for good measure one I doodled to accompany the poem. Not meant as an illustration, of course, just a light-hearted doodle.
The background, you might be interested to know, is a sandy bank with, beyond it, two amazing tree-tunnels - though much of the vegetation has been cleared and the trees lopped since then, so I doubt whether they are still there.


Elisabeth said...

Oh Dave, from where do you get such amazing talents? You're a water colour artist as well.

Momo Luna S!gnals said...

I love them both, good work. I like the light on the water a lot. I like that you can dream when looking at it.
The light-hearted doodle is great. It tickles my fantasy. It's like looking from behins glass, a window.

Have a nice weekend!

Jinksy said...

A watery world of nightmare you've painted there! I wouldn't want to go for a paddle...

Jim Murdoch said...

I could never cope with watercolours. When I painted I literally coloured-in a drawing in blocks of oil. I've watched watercolourists at work and I stand in awe. It's the randomness of it all. When I painted what I saw in my head was what ended up on the page. I measured it. I used compasses and set squares. I'm the same with cooking. I treat it like a formula. I have no concept of a 'dash' of something.

I take my hat off to you, sir.

Rachel Green said...

Utterly delightful, Dave.

Paul C said...

Wow, these are good. I like the purples which add a rich and mysterious texture.

David Cranmer said...

"..one of my watercolours." One! It would take me a lifetime and two more to come up with anything remotely that exquisite.

Carl said...

Great looking stuff Dave. Post more of your painting!

Unknown said...

Beautiful images--I agree with Carl--would be interested in seeing more painting, tho I know rendering it to pixels must take away some vibrancy.

Unknown said...

Love the colours in both, Dave, but especially the deep blues in/on the head of the cephalopod thingy!

Helen said...

I wish ... I wish ... I lived on your side of the pond for just long enough to come purchase one of your creations ~~ of course you would have a gallery and tons of followers.

steven said...

boy oh boy dave the creative energy just flows through you!! nice work. steven

Short Poems said...

Beautiful stuff Dave, love them :) :)

Linda Sue said...

My vision is not great- my computer screen worse- in the first I saw the Lady of Shallot and in the second I saw creatures from outer space...and toes...love your colour pallet , really nice!

@ctors Business said...

Dave these are delightful, I was never very good with water-colours my hand is perhaps a tad too heavy so I have great admiration for anyone who can master this delicate art

Susie Hemingway said...

Very lovely watercolours Dave, How clever you are!

Ronda Laveen said...

They are stunning and the bottom one is a good kind of creepy. I like the colors you chose a lot.

Friko said...

your doodles are in water colour?
Is there no end to your ability to amaze this poor mortal?

LR Photography said...

Well done Dave, wonderful images!

Madame DeFarge said...

Love paintings. You are such a talented chap.

Dave King said...

Too kind, but much thanks.

Momo Luna
Welcome and many thanks for visiting and commenting.
I do think that light is a big pasrt of the human fascination with water. The two elements interact splendidly.

I always feel I could lose myself in any open water. Of course, if push came to shove...

You are right, of course, watercolour is in many ways the most difficult medium. I had never used it seriously, preferring to be able to work back over work provisionally laid-in, which can't be done with watercolours, not to any great extent, as it goes muddy. When I retired I decided to take up watercolors for that very reason. Partly a challenge, I suppose, but mostly for a new experience.

Thanks for that. Much appreciated.

Welcome. Thanks for the visit and the comments. The feedback is always useful.

It probably wouldn't, you know! Thanks, though.

Yup, I may just do that. Thanks.

Yes, the change to pixels does change things - but sometimes it flatters!

Ah, that's an example where the change did not flatter (see reply to John, above).

Now it's me to say I wish...

Again, I have to say: I wish... but thanks.

Short Poems
Welcome indeed and many thanks, both for the visit and the comment.

Linda Sue
That's a lovely commen t. Thanks greatly. Creatures from outer space is not wildly off target. The Lady of Shallot inspires...

I do sympathise. Since retiring I have developed a pronouced tremor in the arms, which makes life difficult, painting-wise.

Thanks for the comment - very much appreciated.

Thanks Ronda.

No, actually, an example of mixed methods: watercolour and digital doodling. (Well, it was bound to happen, wasn 't it?)

Thanks. Much appreciated.

M adame DeFarge
Many thanks for that.

Unknown said...

Wow. These are beautiful, Dave. Good job! You are very talented...:)

Dave King said...

Mr Stupid
Thanks for those kind words. Much appreciated.

Tumblewords: said...

Ah, such talent you have! Wonderful!!